Pearson Test of English

Mode of Exam :Online & Offline

PTE (Pearson Test of English)

The PTE Academic TM conducting body administers the three-hour computer-based exam Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic 2018 round the year. It is a computer-based test for evaluating the English language proficiency of the non-native English speakers who are aspiring to study abroad or seeking immigration. The three-hour PTE Academic test 2018 appraises a real-life measure of test takers’ language ability and the PTE Academic 2018 score is accepted for admission to several institutions across the world, including countries like – Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the USA. Illustrious universities, too have started accepting PTE Academic include Harvard, Yale and INSEAD. The Australian government accepts PTE Academic for the visa application process as well. Apart from being recognized by a number of universities across the world, even ministries of education and employers accept it as a proof of English language proficiency.



Exam Name Pearson Test of English Academic
    Commonly Known As           PTE Academic
Exam level International Level Test
Conducting body    Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, acronymed as QCA; organized in association with Edexcel Limited             


Exam Pattern

The computer-based PTE Academic exam covers a range of subjects; however, it does not require to have knowledge of those subjects. The test is to evaluate the English language proficiency. The total duration of PTE-A test 2018 is of three hours. There are three main parts to the PTE-A test; Speaking and Writing (merged together), Listening and Reading. There are twenty different question formats, ranging from multiple choice to essay writing and interpreting information. Excerpts from lectures have a range of accents in the PTE-A test, from British and American to non-native speakers. Candidates might come across pie charts and graphs as well apart from the regular question sets.






     PART 1: PTE Academic Speaking & Writing          


     77 – 93 minutes     

1. Personal Introduction

2. Read Aloud

3. Repeat sentence

4. Describe image

5. Paragraph

6. Answer short question

7. One sentence

8. Re-tell lecture

9. Essay (20mins)


PART 2: PTE Academic Reading


32 – 41 minutes


     1. Multiple choice questions (x2)

2. Re-order paragraphs

3. Fill in the blanks (x2)


An optional ten-minute break


PART 3: PTE Academic Listening


45 – 57 minutes

1. Summarize spoken text

2. Fill the blanks

3. Multiple choices x2

4. Highlight the correct summary

5. Highlight incorrect words

6. Select missing word

7. Write from dictation



Students who are keen to appear for the PTE 2018 Academic exam need to register themselves through the official website of Pearson. To book a PTE Academic 2018 test online, one has to create a Pearson VUE account. Web account creating will require an aspirant to feed in details like Personal information, Contact information, and Additional information. After completing the procedure, a candidate can schedule his/her exam date.

Step 1: The first step towards registering for the PTE is to create the Pearson VUE account. Within 24 hours of account registration procedure, candidates will receive an email with the login details.

Step 2: With the login details, one can sign in to schedule the test.


Register for PTE 2018 here


Fee Structure

The fee structure of the PTE Academic 2018 exam varies across countries. In India, the standard application fee of the PTE Academic is INR 10, 255.

The Late Booking fee amounts to INR 12, 819. Moreover, an additional tax of 18%GST is to be paid by the candidates. Accepted forms of payment are credit card (Visa®, MasterCard®, American Express ®, or JCB®) or debit card (Visa ® or MasterCard® only).


Important Dates

There are no set dates for the PTE 2018 Academic test and willing candidates need to register on the PTE Academic official website to check the available dates specific to test centres across cities. It may also be noted that the availability of PTE-A dates depends on factors like the presence of a local test centre in a particular city.


Test Centres

PTE Academic does not have any fixed test centres, as Pearson allows candidates from all over the world to appear for the test. It is one of the major reasons why test takers can pick PTE 2018 test centres depending on their convenience. PTE Academic is available on 363 days at over 200 locations across the globe. Candidates can find PTE Academic test centres in almost every city; all they have to do is to select the PTE Academic test centre as per his/her convenience.



PTE results 2018 are accessed via an online account. Candidates will receive an email notifying them about the score availability. After one receives the same, will need to log in to the Pearson VUE account that was created to book the test. The PTE score will be accepted by 6,000 academic institutes across the globe including some renowned names like Yale and London Business school and will be accepted by Australia for Visa purpose as well.

PTE Academic scores are valid for up to two years from the date of the exam. Once the two-year period expires, the PTE 2018 score is automatically removed from the site and no longer be visible. Typically, PTE Academic 2018 Results are declared within five business days. There is no specific minimum PTE score set by the conducting officials for admission to institutions as the institutes follow individual selection procedures.

Steps to check 

1. Go to your Pearson VUE account

2. Enter login details

3. Click 'My Account'

4. Click 'View Score Report'

5. Save/ download your PTE score


Sending PTE scores to Universities

The PTE 2018 result should be sent through the secure portal of Pearson. No institution accept paper or PDF versions of PTE Academic score reports.

Steps to follow

  1. Login to your Pearson VUE account.
  2. Click 'Send Scores'.
  3. Type the name of your chosen institution in the field marked 'Institution / Organization / Department / School' and click 'Search'.
  4. Tick the box placed next to the institution's name when it appears in the list.
  5. Review your details then scroll down the page and click 'Next' and then 'Next' again to confirm.


Additional Info

Refer to the website


PTE does not have any specific eligibility criteria.However, applicants need to be at least 16 years of age at the time of the examination. Students who are below 18 years of age will have to produce evidence of parental consent to take the English proficiency test. 

Since the eligibility criteria of PTE 2018 is not specific, students planning to take the test must also check the eligibility criteria of the institutes they are applying to. The PTE Test score alone does not guarantee admission to the institute of choice. 






 Minimum age required

 16 Years


      Parental consent required     

      Below 18 years     


 Maximum age

 No age bar